THIS IS NOT CHINESE! A very fine old Lane Quarry (Massachusetts) specimen that has great esthetic presence. The Lane Babingtonite were considered to be the best in the world until the newer Chinese finds were made. These have a distinctly different crystal habit that does not occur in China, and are far rarer! The Prehnite ball adds a nice balance and the luster overall is exceptional. Ex Larry White Collection, a very attractive piece!
Babingtonite on Prehnite
Miegu County, Liangshan Autonomous Prefecture
6.5 x 5.2 CM (cabinet)
The Meigu area produced the best Babingtonites in the world. Enough have been found to make affordable pieces available now. The top pieces still sell for huge sums even in China. This is a nice specimen, though not a top piece, offered at an affordable price. If from a US locality USA just 10 years ago it would have sold for 1500-2000$ quickly! These finds give every collector a chance to have a good example. This has crystals to 2 CM with good luster on green Prehnite. More pretty in person.